FIFA understands that there was a general violation of the “safety rules” at the Abdoulaye-Wade stadium, in Diamniadio, near Dakar, where the second leg of the play-off took place, which dictated the elimination of Egypt against Senegal.
FIFA, which also punished the Senegalese federation with a fine of 175,000 Swiss francs (about 171,000 euros), supports the punishment with the throwing of objects, the use of lasers and smoke bombs in the stands, as well as a strip of “offensive” content.
After the match, decided on penalties, the Egyptian Football Federation had lodged a complaint against the Senegalese federation with the African Football Confederation and FIFA, alleging racism and violence.
Photographs presented by the Egyptians showed windows of the bus carrying the broken team, as well as stripes with insults aimed at the players, mainly to Mohamed Salah, the main figure of the ‘pharaohs’.
The Algerian football federation was also punished by FIFA with a fine of around 3 thousand euros, due to smoke bombs and the throwing of objects during the match with Cameroon, in the qualification for the 2022 World Cup.
This sanction, however, does not prejudice a possible sporting decision, after the Algerian appeal that asks FIFA to replay the game because of “scandalous refereeing” by Gambian referee Bakary Gassama.
The Algerian team was ruled out of the World Cup with a goal scored in the last minute of extra time by the Cameroonian Karl-Toko Ekambi (120+4), which broke the tie to 1-1.